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Kamala, Jill Biden mark 50th anniversary of Title IX

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  • Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Jill Biden both celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX with events on Wednesday
  • Harris, along with Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, surprised DC high school students gathered for a field day event on the American University campus
  • The vice president, dressed in a black pantsuit and stiletto heels, tried to shoot hoops – and finally got the ball in the basket on the sixth attempt
  • Earlier Wednesday, Dr. Biden join tennis legend Billie Jean King for a State Department sponsored event at DC’s Capital One Arena
  • “The main beneficiaries of Title IX have been white suburban girls,” King said, adding that special attention should be given to “colored girls, girls with disabilities, trans athletes and all LGBTQ+ youth” in the future.

Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Jill Biden both celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX in Washington on Wednesday with events in Washington.

Harris, with second Mr. Doug Emhoff in tow, surprised DC high school students gathered for a “field day” event on the American University campus.

The vice president, dressed in a black pantsuit and stiletto heels, tried to shoot hoops — and finally got the ball into the basket on the sixth attempt.

Vice President Kamala Harris — dressed in a black pantsuit and stiletto heels — tried to shoot hoops Wednesday at an event marking the 50th anniversary of Title IX on the American University campus.  She finally got the ball in the basket on the sixth attempt

Vice President Kamala Harris — dressed in a black pantsuit and stiletto heels — tried to shoot hoops Wednesday at an event marking the 50th anniversary of Title IX on the American University campus. She finally got the ball in the basket on the sixth attempt

First Lady Jill Biden (left) appeared with tennis legend Billie Jean King (right) on Wednesday for another title IX anniversary event Wednesday

First Lady Jill Biden (left) appeared with tennis legend Billie Jean King (right) on Wednesday for another title IX anniversary event Wednesday

“Bend your knees,” Emhoff advised just before Harris’s successful attempt.

Students from Harris’s alma mater Howard University, several miles from the AU campus, helped with the basketball clinic.

Field Day was organized by the United States Department of Education and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

In another section of the gym, some girls had been working with the Girl Scouts on an electrolyte science experiment, which Harris was also monitoring.

Earlier Wednesday, Dr. Biden joined tennis legend Billie Jean King for a State Department-sponsored event at DC’s Capital One Arena to mark the 50th anniversary of Title IX — as well as the 10th anniversary of the Department of State-espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program.

Bend your knees: Vice President Kamala Harris made the sixth attempt when a crowd surrounded her at the American University gym

Bend your knees: Vice President Kamala Harris made the sixth attempt when a crowd surrounded her at the American University gym

Vice President Kamala Harris also went to watch a science experiment some girls conducted

Vice President Kamala Harris also went to watch a science experiment some girls conducted

Tennis great Billie Jean King (left), First Lady Jill Biden (center) and student athlete May a Mosley (right) attend a State Department-sponsored event Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Title IX at DC's Capital One Center

Tennis great Billie Jean King (left), First Lady Jill Biden (center) and student athlete May a Mosley (right) attend a State Department-sponsored event Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Title IX at DC’s Capital One Center

“For fifty years, Title IX created a space for girls and women to be more. To be bigger and brighter and stronger and smarter and more capable and bolder,” said Dr. Biden. “It has made our schools and our colleges fairer.”

“Title IX is who we are as a nation,” the first lady, a community university professor, told the crowd.

King urged the government to ensure that schools comply with Title IX.

“The main beneficiaries of Title IX were white suburban girls,” the tennis star said.

“Let’s use this milestone to relaunch our focus on strengthening and advancing equality and opportunity for all girls and women – but especially those left behind by the law, including girls of color, girls with disabilities, trans athletes and all LGBTQ+ youth,” King continued.

“We have to look ahead,” she added.

The inclusion of trans women in women’s sports has become a hot-button issue, with a number of Republican candidates broaching this political cycle in mute speeches.

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